Action 07: Dissemination Activities

Duration:01/10/2010- 31/12/2013 (39 months)

Status: Completed

Action 7 was carried out in eight activities:

Activity 7(a): Launching Event in Tinos Island

The launching event of the SOL-BRINE project was held at the Cultural Foundation in Tinos Island, Greece on the 11th of November, 2011. All relevant stakeholders were invited to participate in the launching event, while among the speakers of the event two significant national entities were represented, namely: (a) the Centre for Renewable Energy sources and Saving (CRES) and (b) Athens Water Supply & Sewerage Company (EYDAP SA). The minutes of the launching event are presented in Deliverable 7.1.

Activity 7(b): Development and updating of the project’s interactive website

This website comprises the official website of the project SOL-BRINE. Two additional websites were created by NTUA for the purposes of the international conference which was organized in the framework of the project (See also Section 5.2.2.4). The sites are available at:

Activity 7(c): Organization of demonstration activities (site visits)

In the course of the project implementation, three site visits took place at the site of the pilot brine treatment system. All three site visits were realized by the time that the system was fully installed and optimized. The visits were organized in a way that the audience had similar background and interests.

(a) First site visit: this site visit was realized on 16.09.2013 and was addressed to the local community of Tinos Island. The event was realized by the working team of NTUA in close collaboration with Tinos Municipality. It comprised an one-day event with a total duration of 2 hours. The audience was composed of 30 locals, the vast majority of whom were residents of the capital (Chora) of the Island.

This site visit was initially scheduled to be carried out in July 2013. However, it was preferred to be rescheduled for September 2013, when the photovoltaic system would be connected. This way, the participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the full system and get a better understanding of the process involved. The invitations for the first demonstration activity were prepared and sent well in advance by Tinos Municipality. At the end of the site visit, the audience was also informed about the international conference that would be carried out the following days. Most of them already knew about the conference from the posters that were placed at strategic places of the island.

(b) Second site visit: this site visit was realized on 21.09.2013 and was combined with the international conference "Water Is Necessary for Life - WIN4Life". More particularly, it was scheduled to take place immediately after the conference was completed, during the social events of the conference, so as to receive high participation levels. Indeed, the demonstration activity attracted the interest of more than 100 persons, while it was decided to combine the event also with a training seminar, so as to keep the interest levels unreduced. This training session was based on a "role playing" game, where three persons from the audience were trained on how to operate the system and were asked to produce real-time distilled water and salt.

 (c) Third site visit: The third demonstration visit was addressed to the local educational community, namely first and second grade local schools. For the organization of the event, the working team asked for the advice and cooperation of experts on the field of environmental education, namely the the Environmental office of Cyclades (Directorate of Secondary Education of Cyclades) which belongs to the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs (Ms Marousa Spartinou). Ms Spartinou advised to split the participants by school and small groups. For this reason, the elementary schools were divided into two groups of 30 students (12 December 2013), the junior high school into two groups of 20 students (17 December 2013) and the high schools into two groups of 30 students (18 December 2013).

The minutes of the site visits comprise Deliverable 7.17.

Activity 7(d): Organization of an International Conference

More than 170 participants from 18 countries (Europe, Middle East and Africa) attended the conference including representatives from academic institutions and water management institutes (United Nations, the Athens Water Supply & Sewerage Company, other water supply & sewerage companies, the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving, etc). The WIN4LIFE conference included more than 70 presentations and highlighted the importance of water as natural resource especially for islands and provided the opportunity for exchanging recent ideas regarding water management, innovative wastewater techniques, treatment processes for brine and energy autonomous systems in order to address water scarcity with respect to public health and the environment.

The conference proceedings are available here: http://win4life.uest.gr/proceedings/index.html

Activity 7(e): Development and distribution of Informative Material & Publications – DVD film – Publications – Notice boards – Information kiosk

Posters: The following eight (8) posters were produced:

 

  • 1st Poster: Deliverable 7.7
  • 2nd Poster (Deliverable 7.8): 11.11.2011 (Launching event), Aim: Inform local community and publish the launching event (20 copies)
  • 3rd Poster (Deliverable 7.9): 11.11.2011 (Launching event), Aim: Present the preliminary design of the pilot brine treatment system to the launching event participants
  • 4th Poster (Deliverable 7.24) (English version): 19.09.2013 (WIN4LIFE conference), Aim: Publish the WIN4LIFE conference/Open invitation, Copies: 120
  • 5th Poster (Deliverable 7.25) (Greek Version) 19.09.2013 (WIN4LIFE conference), Aim: Publish the WIN4LIFE conference/Open invitation to local community and toursts to Tinos Island (and Cyclades complex in general)
  • 6th Poster (Deliverable 7.27) (Greek Version) 19.09.2013 (WIN4LIFE Conference), Aim: Publish the WIN4LIFE conference/Open invitation to local community and toursts to Tinos Island (and Cyclades complex in general)
  • 7th Poster (Deliverable 7.28) (Theatrical Play): 12.09.2013 (WIN4LIFE conference social events), Aim: Open invitation to the social events realized within the conference, Copies: 40 (Placed at strategic places of Tinos Island)
  • 8th Poster (Deliverable 7.29): Poster presentation in the Educational Workshop held on 04.11.2013 in Athens with the title: "Educational Approaches in the context of Postmodernism"

 

Leaflets:

 

  • 1st Leaflet: Deliverable 7.3(EN/EL)
  • 2nd Leaflet: Deliverable 7.13 (EN/EL)
  • 3rd Leaflet: Deliverable 7.21 (EN/EL)

 

Brochures: 

  • 1st Brochure: Deliverable 7.4 (EN/EL)
  • 2nd Brochure: Deliverable 7.14 (EN)
  • 3rd Brochure: Deliverable 7.22 (EN/EL)

 

Newsletters: 

  • 1st Newsletter: Deliverable 7.5 (EN/EL)
  • 2nd Newsletter: Deliverable 7.10 (EN/EL)
  • 3rd Newsletter: Deliverable 7.15 (EN/EL)
  • 4th Newsletter: Deliverable 7.30 (EL)

 

Notice Boards: 

  • 15.01.2011: Three notice boards placed at the premises of the project partners (Deliverable 7.6)
  • 05.06.2012: On-site panel (Deliverable 7.11)
  • 10.10.2012 (Complementary LIFE action): Placed at the port of Tinos Island (Deliverable 7.12)

 

Papers:

The following paper has been published in the proceedings of ELCAS-3 conference:

  • D. Xevgenos, K. Moustakas, M. Loizidou (2014): Brine Management & Sustainability: the example of an energy autonomous pilot system in Tinos Island. 3rd International Exergy, Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainability Workshop & Symposium (ELCAS3), 07-09 July, 2013, Nisyros-Greece.

The following three papers were accepted during the implementation of the project:

  • D. Xevgenos, A. Vidalis, K. Moustakas, D. Malamis & M. Loizidou (2014): Sustainable management of brine effluent from desalination plants: the SOL-BRINE system, Desalination and Water Treatment, DOI: 10.1080/19443994.2014.933621
  • D. Xevgenos, P. Michailidis, K. Dimopoulos, M. Krokida & M. Loizidou (2014): Design of an innovative vacuum evaporator system for brine concentration assisted by software tool simulation, Desalination and Water Treatment, DOI: 10.1080/19443994.2014.948660
  • Δ. Ξεύγενος, Π. Μιχαηλίδης, Κ. Δημόπουλος, Μ. Λοϊζίδου, 2013. ΄Επεξεργασία παραγόμενου υγρού απόβλητου από μονάδες αφαλάτωσης (άλμη) με χρήση συστήματος εξάτμισης υπό κενό – ανάπτυξη πιλοτικού συστήματος τροφοδοτούμενου από ηλιακή ενέργεια’, 9ο Πανελλήνιο Επιστημονικό Συνέδριο Χημικής Μηχανικής

The following paper was accepted after the project termination:

  • D. Xevgenos, K. Moustakas, D. Malamis, M. Loizidou (2014): An overview on desalination & sustainability: renewable energy driven desalination and brine management, Desalination and Water Treatment. DOI: 10.1080/19443994.2014.984927
  • D. Xevgenos, K. Dimopoulos, M. Loizidou (2014): Zero Liquid Discharge Desalination: a demonstrated pilot application in Greece. Poster presentation in 2nd IWA Specialized Conference on Ecotechnologies for wastewater treatment (23-25 June 2014)

DVD:

A five (5) minute DVD film has been developed on the design and operation of the prototype solar power brine treatment system. This film presents the advantages of the developed brine treatment system and the resulting benefits for the produced products (clean water and dried salt). The film is available at: .

The DVD has been distributed at the following events:

CSP TODAY SEVILLA 2013 Exhibition (50 copies);

SYMBIOSIS 2014 Conference (150 copies);

WATER INNOVATION EUROPE (50 copies); and

Successful R&I Innovation (50 copies).

Activity 7(f): Training sessions

In the course of the project implementation, three training sessions took place at the site of the pilot brine treatment system.

(a)    First training session: This training session was realized on 26.04.2013 and was addressed to the operators of the pilot system (number of participants: 15). At that time, the start-up and first experiments had been completed and the system operators were taught how to operate the system and collect the samples for the onward system optimization. The operators were then informed that after the optimization takes place, a follow-up training session would take place, so as to be trained for the optimized operation of the system components.

(b)   Second training session: This training session was realized on 21.09.2013 and it was combined with the international conference "Water Is Necessary for Life - WIN4Life" (number of participants: 100). More particularly, it was scheduled to take place immediately after the conference was completed, during the social events of the conference and it was combined with the second site visit (see also Section 5.2.2.3). This training session was based on a "role playing" game, where three persons from the audience were trained on how to operate the system and were asked to produce real-time distilled water and salt.

(c)    Third training session: This training session was realized on 26.04.2014 and was addressed to the operators of the pilot system (number of participants: 10). The training session was an one-day event and was realized at the site of the desalination plant of Tinos Island, where the pilot brine treatment system has also been installed. This training session comprises the follow-up of the first training session (realized on 26.04.2013) which was also addressed to the system operators. The training material for the first part of the training session was mainly the operation manual. The training was performed by the working group of the National Technical University of Athens and the system operators had the opportunity to discuss about the technical modifications and their impact on the system improvement. In both training sessions an operation manual was distributed.

The minutes of the training sessions comprise Deliverable 7.16.

Activity 7(g): Organization of educational events

The working team of NTUA in close collaboration with the Environmental office of Cyclades (Directorate of Secondary Education of Cyclades) prepared and submitted a request to the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs (MINEDU) for performing educational events in the schools situated in the capital of Tinos Island. The approval from the MINEDU was obtained in November 2013.

During the educational activities,

  • Suitable informative material was distributed to the participants (students and teachers). The educational material (see below) was prepared so as to raise environmental awareness to the students about the pressures on the sea environment from the brine release of desalination plants.
  • The system was operated from the personnel of the municipality, which will receive special training from NTUA on how to address this specific target group, namely the educational community of Tinos Island. What is more, a number of training events are being organized to take place in the context of the After-Life Communication Plan.

The working team performed a visit to the schools prior to visiting the SOL-BRINE system, the aim being to provide some preliminary information about the scheduled events that followed and to gather the questionnaires that were filled by the students. The leaflets were distributed to the participants during the site visits.

The working team has also collected questionnaires from local stakeholders. These questionnaires were statistically processed and analyzed in order to investigate and record the willingness of the locals to pay for protecting the sea environment (Action 5).

The material from the educational events comprise Deliverable 7.23.

Activity 7(h): Layman’s report

After the completion of the project, a Layman's Report was produced by NTUA. The language used was simple so as to address non-technical, non-specialist audiences. The following information is provided:

  • Project background;
  • Environmental problem targeted;
  • Project partners;
  • Techniques & Methodology;
  • Results; and
  • Full-scale suggestions and impact.

The layman's report was distributed in water related events with high participation levels. The Layman's report comprises Deliverable 7.31 (EL/EN).